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Fake vodka 'which can cause blindness' found in corner shop

Isopropanol,a chemical used in cleaning products, was found in the vodka. Credit: Jackal1/Flickr

Bottles of fake vodka which can allegedly turn drinkers blind have been found being sold illegally in a corner shop in Maesteg.

Bridgend Magistrates court heard yesterday how a chemical called Isopropanol, used in cleaning products, was discovered in nine bottles of counterfeit vodka being sold on the shelves of Picton Stores in the village.

Shopkeeper Mahesh Patel admitted buying the fake bottles from a man 'who looked the part', and told him they were genuine.

Prosecutor Katia Daw told the court that incorrect labels on the bottles alerted trading standards, and should have been spotted by Patel. She added that a 'regular consumer would not know.'

Mr Patel has been sentenced to a six-month community order where he will be electronically tagged and subject to a night-time curfew.

He was also ordered to pay £1,686 in costs.

Four arrested in Bridgend for drugs offences

Drugs warrants were issued for two properties after police received intelligence Credit: PA

Four people have been arrested in the Bridgend area after drugs raids were carried out in two houses.

Officers raided two properties, one in Ogmore Vale and the other in Tondu, and uncovered cannabis, cocaine and mephadrone.

Three men and one woman were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs. All four remain on bail pending further enquiries,

Raids such as these come about because of help from the public and we are very grateful for any intelligence whether through PACT meetings or anonymous information given to Crimestoppers. It all helps and the information will be acted upon.

– Detective Sergeant Julian Kerslake, South Wales Police


Health boards urge public to 'use other options' as A&E busy

Princess of Wales hospital's A&E department is reported as 'exceptionally busy' Credit: ITV Wales

ABMU and Aneurin Bevan health boards are advising the public to use alternative health service options as A&E facilities are 'exceptionally busy'.

Police appeal to locate woman and baby

Police in Bridgend are issuing an appeal to find a woman and a baby, after concerns were raised by a member of the public.

The pair were seen just after 8.30pm outside the Cooperative Supermarket The Triangle, Brackla Way, Bridgend.

The young woman is reported to be wearing a dressing gown, three quarter length leggings and a pair of trainers. Her hair was blonde and pulled into a ponytail.

“While we’ve received no missing person report, the weather is cold and wet and from the information we’ve received, we believe neither mother or baby were dressed for the conditions. We would therefore appeal to anyone who may have information that will help us identify and locate this woman to contact us immediately on 101. We also ask that the woman herself to make contact, so we can be sure she and the baby are now safe.”

– Gary Smart, South Wales Police Inspector

Three arrested after drugs bust yards from police custody suite

Credit: Kevin Ashford/ITV Wales

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of running a cannabis factory after police raided a unit just yards from their custody unit in Bridgend.

The men were allegedly running the operation from units at Queens Court at Bridgend Industrial Estate just behind South Wales Police’s new custody suite.

Local residents were shocked at the discovery. Car maintenance company worker Hayley Pells, 33, said:

"No-one had a clue but it could have been going on for a number of years.

"They appear to have been very professional.

"For a long time we thought it was empty. We didn't see anybody coming or going for extremely long periods of time. This isn't unusual as lots of the units are used only for storage."

Another resident said:

"It's amazing if you think about it and really brave of them to grow it next door to the police.

"I'm really not sure how they thought they would get away with it. Literally you could throw a brick from the back of this unit and it would land in the police station it's that close.

A South Wales Police spokeswoman said: "Three men have been arrested and are currently in police custody.

"No further detail is available at present."

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